Until now it was a feature largely limited to Apple-branded headphones, but the affordable audio brand 1More seems to be breaking new ground by offering Spatial Audio with head-tracking technology in their all-new Aero true wireless earbuds at a super low price. .
The feature-packed earbuds also offer improved noise cancellation over the company’s previous in-ears, and are packed in the company’s proprietary AI-powered Smart Loudness technology, which 1More claims listens better at lower volumes by automatically decreasing the volume. EQ curve adjust to save detail.
The earphones feature carbon-coated 10mm drivers that keep the Aero’s weight at 4.9 grams per bud, while the soundstage has been fine-tuned by Grammy award-winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi.
There’s no doubting the Aero’s big business card, though, with Aero’s Spatial Audio support kit to utilize built-in gyroscopes in both knobs, which 1More says can create a 3D surround sound stage that adapts to head movements.
That feature may put the Aero alongside Apple’s own AirPods Pro 2 and AirPods 3, both of which feature Dynamic Head Tracking for spatial audio as a major selling point.
What’s not clear at this point is whether the Aeros are compatible with Dolby Atmos music/movies or Apple’s own Spatial Audio platform – we’ve reached out to a 1More spokesperson and will update when we have confirmation.
Outside of Spatial Audio, there’s also support for Bluetooth 5.2, with the Aero being able to connect to two devices simultaneously, wireless Qi charging and an impressive 28 hours of claimed playback from the built-in battery. A quick charge feature meanwhile delivers up to three hours of playtime from just 15 minutes plugged in.
The earbuds have what 1More claims to be the best noise canceling performance ever of a set of earbuds, with a frequency range of 40 Hz to 4,000 Hz. The Aero comes with five different ANC modes, including a softer mode for quieter environments, plus an Adaptive Noise Canceling mode that automatically adjusts the amount of noise cancellation based on ambient noise from outside. A transparency mode meanwhile amplifies voices and ambient noise.
The 1More Aero has an official price of $109 / £99 but is currently available on Amazon for $20 / £20 via coupons or through 1More’s own American site (opens in new tab) and UK site (opens in new tab) with the code “AERO20”.
Analysis: 3D feature sets the Aeros apart from other budget headphones – but can they match AirPods?
1MORE has built quite a reputation for their headphones, regularly offering performance beyond their affordable price tags.
Their Triple Driver in-ear headphones earned five stars in our review a few years ago, and they remain one of our top picks in our best earbuds guide. The brand’s 1MORE Sonoflow over-ear headphones with ANC, meanwhile, scored an impressive 4 and a half stars in our recent review.
However, the addition of spatial audio head tracking is a big development for the brand, as it’s a feature not yet seen on true wireless headphones in this bracket.
Outside of Apple’s recent AirPods, only the much more expensive Beats Studio Buds, Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, Buds Live and Buttons 2 and LG’s T90 Tone Free have similar technology.
The big question is how well the Aeros deliver their 3D surround sound compared to their more expensive rivals. We can’t wait to put the buttons and their headline feature to the test – keep an eye out for a full review on Ditching in the future.